There are many different ways to get involved on campus. Take a look at some of the ways to engage.
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Call for volunteers

We are recruiting volunteers to help promote the Friendlier reusable containers from September 5-22 on weekdays from 11a.m.-1p.m.
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Volunteering on campus

The University of Ottawa prides itself on being a living laboratory. A space for students to be fully engaged in learning outside of the traditional classroom setting. We offer a host of courses with a Community Service Learning component.

To find out what courses are offered this session, log into your uOzone and enter the Community Service Navigator. Once inside the portal select Placements followed by Option and Specific Course. You can choose a Session and a specific class or select the Environment theme.

Want to volunteer but not sure what the best fit would be? Sign up for our special volunteer newsletter and get a monthly update about the ways you can get involved on campus or send us an email and we will be glad to meet with you in person to find you a placement.

  • 108 – Period Project Volunteer
  • 115 – Free Store Volunteer
  • 140 – An opportunity to reduce waste: A case for an on-campus recycling centre
  • 512 - Circular Economy on campus (French)
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There are a variety of ways the campus community can get involved in community engagement activities. This also includes activities outside the classroom.

Here is a list of the extracurricular opportunities available with the Office of Campus Sustainability. Please visit the Community Engagement Navigator to register for these opportunities.

  • 108 – Period Project Volunteer
  • 109 – Edible Landscapes Volunteer 
  • 110 – Green Reps
  • 117 – Day of Service Free Store Pop Up Volunteer September 1
  • 115 – Free Store Volunteer
  • 119 – Waste Warriors for 101 Week
  • 742 – Alternative Student Break: Towards a Zero-Waste Campus (October 23-27)
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Help us become a zero-waste campus! The Alternative Student Break program allows you to:

  • Complete 30 hours of volunteering in one week
  • Learn how the waste and recycling system works in Canada
  • Have a say on how waste is managed on campus
  • Meet new people!

Volunteers will develop skills in teamwork, waste auditing, problem-solving, creative thinking, and communications. The 30 volunteer hours will be made available on your Co-Curricular Record.

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Here’s a general outline of what you can expect during the week:




Monday 9am - 3pm Introduction to waste workshop
Tuesday 9am - 3pm Training and audit
Wednesday 9am - 3pm Audit
Thursday 9am - 3pm Report tutorial and start writing
Friday 9am - 3pm Report writing and recommendations

Send us an email to learn more or sign up on the Community Engagement Navigator (Fall 2023 #742).